Thirty-eight plates, with explanations, intended to illustrate Linnaeus’s System of Vegetables, and particularly adapted to the Letters on the Elements of Botany is a series of beautiful colour plates purchased for Glasgow School of Art Library’s Foundation Collections. Originally listed as ‘Accession 120’ in early accessions register — the lending library — this series of colour plates is now kept in GSA Library’s Special Collections.
This series of engravings was tailored to illustrate Linnaeus’s System of Vegetables, and adapted to suit Jean-Jacques Rosseau’s Letters on the Elements of Botany. It was compiled by Thomas Martyn, who was the Regius Professor of Botany at University of Cambridge, and drawn and engraved by F. P. Nodder. It includes illustrations of plants such as tobacco, periwinkle, iris and sage.
The book is bound in nineteenth century green cloth, with the embossed stamp of the ‘Government School of Design, Glasgow’ to be found in the front, rear, and several places throughout.